Emily Watson to Receive San Sebastian Film Festival's Donostia Award

Emily Watson Oscars List - P 2012
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Emily Watson Oscars List - P 2012

The 'Everest' actress and outspoken children's rights advocate will pick up the festival's lifetime achievement award.

British actress Emily Watson will pick up the Donostia lifetime achievement award at the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival on Sept. 25, the festival announced Friday.

Watson, who was awarded the U.K.'s Order of the British Empire honor earlier this year for services to drama, comes off the strong performance from her latest feature Baltasar Karmakur’s Everest, which opened Venice on Wednesday.

The actress first splashed onto the international radar with her film debut in Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves, earning her the Los Angeles, London and New York Writers Guild Awards, in addition to Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Two years later she was nominated again for both major awards for her part as the cello player Jacqueline du Pre in Hilary and Jackie.

Since then, Watson’s career has seen her work with some of the most important contemporary filmmakers: Robert Altman in Gosford Park (2001), Paul Thomas Anderson in Punch Drunk Love (2002), Tim Burton in The Corpse Bride (2005), John Hillcoat in The Proposition (2005), Charlie Kaufman in Synecdoche, New York (2008), Alan Parker in Angela’s Ashes (1999) – for which she bagged a BAFTA nomination – Tim Robbins in Cradle Will Rock (1999), Jim Sheridan in The Boxer (1997), Steven Spielberg in War Horse (2011) and Joe Wright in Anna Karenina (2011).

Watson is also an outspoken advocate for children in the UK and spearheaded the successful campaign to create a Children’s Commissioner for England.